Yesterday singer Michael Fallon won Svensktoppen Nästa, a Swedish radio contest meant to discover new musical talents. The winner normally walks away knowing his or her song will be looped on Radio P4 — and that they have an automatic berth in Melodifestivalen. But, in a surprise move, the jury has decided to send the three-piece group Smajling Swedes to Melfest over Michael. Apparently their song “Goosebumps” — which includes a lot of saxy interludes — had the desired effect.
Louis Alfredsson, the editor of Poplight, is clearly annoyed that SVT is ignoring the result — determined by a mix of jury and SMS voting.
“I understand that Christer Björkman [the man in charge of Melodifestivalen and Eurovision in Sweden] wants to make the best television programs possible, but this was the only chance for the audience to vote in an artist to Melodifestivalen,” he says. “Now, SVT has closed that possibility. I think it feels a little ridiculous.”
Fannon put on a brave face: “Don’t worry. I’m just so pleased to have won this competition and that my song gets a chance in the Swedish charts. Sure, I want to be in the contest but it is not too late yet. I intend to submit a couple of my own contributions and hope to [one day get there].”
You can listen to both songs below. Which do you prefer?
Smajling Swedes — “Goosebumps”
Michael Fannon — “KOMMER TID, KOMMER RÅD”
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